Call for Papers: Religion, Ideology and Violence

Religion, Ideology and Violence

Imagination, Display and Deployment

“Religion, Ideology and Violence” is the focus of the upcoming Journal of Religion and Culture (JRC) publication slated for the 2016-2017 academic year. In this edition, we will be examining the topic of violence and how it is deployed, displayed or discussed in differing religious contexts. We are looking for papers that address how traditions themselves negotiate violence as well as how it has been interpreted by the scholars who examine these traditions.

We’re interested in research that breaks boundaries and isn’t afraid to go places where researchers normally wouldn’t so long as it remains academic and articulate.

We are seeking submissions from all relevant fields (religion, theology, philosophy, anthropology, history, etc.). We accept currently unpublished articles (which contain original scholarship) and book reviews of recent publications pertaining to our topic. Papers can focus on any tradition, time period or particular issue surrounding violence and religion.

Some submission ideas we’re particularly interested in, include:

  • Case studies on particular instances of religious violence
  • Sacrifice, martyrdom and its interpretations
  • Contemporary discourses and dialogues on religious violence
  • Mythological violence and the role of violence in narratives
  • Cosmic end times and soteriological destruction
  • A study on non-violence or the minimizing of violence in traditions
  • Critiques of violence in the media
  • Changing mindsets and historical overviews

The due date for submissions is August 1st 2016 (nothing like a good summer project). Papers will be evaluated according to the order in which they are received. Papers are to be submitted using the online submission form.

Please be sure to carefully review our submission guidelines and ensure that your paper is properly formatted. This will greatly facilitate the editorial process.


Volume 26 Has Been Printed and Received

We’ve just received our copies of Volume 26 – Sexed Religion from the printers! Everyone has been a little swamped with the end of the Winter Semester and start of the Summer Semester, but stay tuned for our “much anticipated” launch event.

To all authors, reviewers and contributors: If you are based outside of Montreal, or will not be in Montreal this summer, and would like to have your copy mailed to you, please get in contact with us when you have a chance. We will also be getting in contact with everyone in the coming week.

Update: Publication Slate

We are in the final stages of editing our upcoming manuscript Sexed Religion. We are currently slated to launch by the end of this month, April 2016 – pending of course, on our printer.

We will be contacting all authors, reviewers and contributors the moment we have the publication back from the press.

In other news, we have also released our upcoming Call for Papers, focusing on Religion, Ideology and Violence. We are now open for submissions, and will begin the editorial process in August 2016.

End of Year Wrap-Up 2015

2015 is coming to a close and here’s where the JRC currently stands:

Our Office

Our office has recovered from the robbery. It’s been cleaned up and looking better than ever before. Sometimes good things can come from tragedy, even if those good things simply mean that we now have more shelf space and didn’t have to feel guilty about tossing old files.

On a related note, most of the editors will be away from the office and unlikely to answer emails very frequently until January 2016.

Book Donations

The JRC has also donated close to a dozen books to Concordia’s Webster Library. Any books which were already found in their collection will be given to the local student-run Book Coop and sold for very little (with the proceeds going to the Coop). Many of these monographs were older review copies which had never been claimed by their reviewers, or were simply lost in the shuffle from a previous editorial team. We hope they find more use in the hands of students.

JRC Volume 26 – Sexed Gender

We are in the process of finalizing our publication slate for No.1 of Vol. 26 of the JRC. A number of factors have delayed our affairs around the office and caused us to miss our initial launch date of first week of December 2015.

We will be launching the first half of the volume online first. We are aiming to have this done over the Holidays, but may still have to push the launch to January.

No. 2 will continue the process in January and into February with the aim of publishing online by end of March 2016.

We still anticipate releasing a print volume this year and have decided, in order to reduce printing costs, to print both parts of the volume together. The print edition is currently slated to be available April 2016.

AGIC 2016

The JRC will once again be on site for this year’s Annual Graduate Interdisciplinary Conference hosted by Concordia’s Graduate Students of Religion Association. The conference topic will coincide with our most recent CFP for Sexed Religion, and we hope to see many of you there.

We should note that the AGIC is still accepting paper abstracts.

Robbery at the JRC

Dear readers, editors and other supporters of the JRC,

This announcement comes with great dismay. The staff of the JRC has to unhappily report that there has been a break-in at the Concorida Religion Annex located at 2050 Mackay resulting in the vandalism of the JRC office along with the robbery of numerous belongings and office supplies.

As far as we can ascertain, the thieves entered the building sometime over the weekend of November 14th, and entered into two rooms on the third floor. One room was relatively untouched, while our office bore the brunt of the vandalism. Neither the front door to the annex nor any of the doors inside were pried open, leaving us to believe that the perpetrator(s) used a key to enter the building.

Apart from the wanton destruction of much of our marketing material and the scattering of our paper records, two laptops, three toner cartridges, a credit card, batteries, gym bags and everything else which was deemed to be of worth, and easily portable (our massive printer was fortunately saved) have been stolen. At this moment the total loss of property appears to exceed $1000.00 – and likely even more if we were to factor in the full original price on the laptops.

The JRC will press ahead despite this great loss to our finances, workspace and morale. We can only hope that Concordia University’s security staff will continue investigating this incident and implement improved security measures for the future as break-ins have been known to happen in the past in this annex.

In light of these events, we apologize in advance for any further delays in communication and alterations to our publication schedule.